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PREVIEW - FLAMES at KINGS

The Flames visit L.A. Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. MTN

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (44-32-4) @ KINGS (38-34-7)

BROADCAST: 8:30 p.m.; Sportsnet360 (TV) Sportsnet960 The Fan (Radio)

SEASON SERIES: The second game of the California road trip will be the fifth and final matchup between the Flames and Kings this season, with the season series tied at two. In their most recent battle, the Kings defeated the Flames 4-1 on March 29 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, led by former Flames captain Jarome Iginla with a goal and two points, after the Flames defeated them the week prior 5-2 on March 19, also in Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have led the Flames charge against the Kings with the Dynamic Duo each picking up a goal and four points in the four games.

KINGS' TEAM SCOPE: The Kings saw their playoff hopes end when they lost 2-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on April. 2. This is the second time in the past three seasons that the Kings have failed to qualify for the post-season. L.A. is coming off a victory against the Edmonton Oliers 6-4 on April. 4, and are an even 5-5 in their last 10 games. For the third straight season Jeff Carter has hit 60 points, (32 goals, 62 points), while Anze Kopitar (12 goals, 49 points) and Tanner Pearson (24 goals, 43 points) have also led the Kings offence. In his limited playing time this season due to injuries, goaltender Jonathan Quick has posted a 7-5-1 record with a 2.15 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Ben Bishop has gone 18-14-5, along with a 2.50 GAA and a .911 save percentage on the year during his time spent with the Tampa Bay Lighting and Kings.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames are coming off a 3-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks on April. 4, and sit in the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference, but currently tied in points with the second wildcard placed Nashville Predators with 92. With two games left on their schedule, the Flames will look to snap a two game losing streak to finish off the regular season on a high note headed to the post-season. Head coach Glen Gulutzan stated that some players may rest up for the final two games, in order to be at 100% and ready for Round One of the playoffs. "We're going to approach it the same way. There might be a couple of little changes but we're going to play the same way. We have to play fast and play our game," Gulutzan said about the matchup. Gaudreau saw his eight-game point streak end in the loss to Ducks, after racking up three goals and nine assists for 12 points during the streak. 

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